HT – WT – SPEED: Troy Niklas has the frame Notre Dame Strength coach Paul Longo loves to work with. Long and lean, Niklas will have a chance to really add to his overall physical size once he is on campus. At 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, a lot will depend upon the position he mans at the college level as to where Longo and staff will add.
QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: When watching film you see a player with a great skill set for his size. A natural athlete, Niklas is solid in all three phases.
STRENGTH: As with any player of his size, there is work needed to be done here. Most players coming out of high school with long arms do not post high bench numbers, this will improve in time in the Irish strength program.
BODY FLEXIBILITY: Will need to do some small work in this area, however, has the type of frame and body style were small corrections will be quickly made.
PRODUCTION: With the ability to play three positions, Niklas can help a team in several different areas. While he will get a chance on defense, his frame would allow him to become a very athletic offensive tackle with great skills.
ON THE FIELD
The Signing Day surprise brings the Irish a player with multiple abilities and a very bright future. Defensive end, tight end, offensive tackle, it will not matter if Niklas can stay healthy. While it looks as if he'll get a look at the defensive end spot, a move to offense would not surprise anyone as he shows the tools to become a big-time offensive tackle with a possible NFL career ahead of him.
While this was a surprise to many, I would not be surprised if Brian Kelly and Troy had his Signing Day selection planned out. This is a major recruiting victory and again showed the strength of Kelly and the Irish coaching staff's ability to recruit and bring in top-level talent.
The best is still ahead for Troy, as he will be given a chance to take his game to another level once he gets on campus.